Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the brewery's website: "Although it is a spontaneous fermentation beer, the Iris is very different from the Lambic. The amber colour and the bitter and slightly caramelized taste make it a complex beer."

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,058
Reviews:
496
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
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711
Gots:
473
For Trade:
46
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. A murky ruddy orange-amber hue with almost no head once everything settles out, just a speckling of white bubbles floating there. There is a neat effect where a sip leaves some lacing composed of tiny bubbles that evaporate almost instantly. Sublime aroma, decidedly funky and sour with assertive lime, lemon, horse blanket, aspirin, flower shop, root cellar, and white wine all vying for one's attention but with nothing sticking out in an unpleasant fashion. Palate is similarly complex yet dominated by dry and sour hop and wild yeast elements with pretty minimal sweetness aside from a faint tinge of caramel, discernible in the finish if you concentrate. I get apple cider vinegar, lemon and lime peel/rind, baby aspirin, champagne, tannic grape skins, horse blanket or dry canvas sheet (seems like an apt descriptor, sorry!), and a general forest floor earthiness from start to finish. Supremely tasty sour and more pungent than some other common examples I've tried from Petrus and Rodenbach. No sugar in this sucker. The label is careful to state that this is not a lambic, which is interesting, probably on the basis of the lack of wheat and hopping regime. Very low carbonation but not flat, airy light body and a massively sour finish that manages to hit woody, hard candy, and hay elements before descending into a super-tannic green apple and white wine vinegar finale. What a beer. For some reason my ratings seem high but shall stand. I agree with Jeff Sparrow in "Wild Brews", this bridges the gap between lambic and American sours nicely.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am pretty sure this is my favorite beer on the planet. I just simply cannot bring myself to give anything a perfect score because what is perfect? Call me jaded, call me what you will, but there is always room for improvement, no matter how subtle.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,058 ratings.
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